A pro-life activist has been vindicated and cleared of all charges after his home was raided by President Joe Biden’s FBI and he was hauled out in handcuffs in front of his seven crying children.
Mark Houck, a pro-life activist from Pennsylvania who founded a Catholic men's mentorship group called The King’s Men, was arrested last September in front of his seven children by armed FBI agents who showed up at his home unannounced and demanded he come with them.
Houck's wife, Ryan-Marie, claimed that a "SWAT team of about 25 came to my house with about 15 vehicles and started pounding on our door."
"They said they were going to break in if he didn't open it. And then they had about five guns pointed at my husband, myself and basically at my kids," she added, saying that her husband promised to go peacefully while trying to explain to the agents that he had seven children inside.
"The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic,” she said.
Houck’s wife told the Catholic News Agency that the arrest stemmed from a dust-up he’d had back in October of 2021 with an abortion supporter who’d been escorting patients to and from the Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Black Health Center in Philadelphia, where Houck prayed and preached every Wednesday. According to Ryan-Marie, her husband had shoved the 72-year-old man after he’d gotten in the face of Houck’s 12-year-old son while shouting obscenities.
Houck’s wife added that the man tried to sue, but that the case was thrown out by the District Court in Philadelphia – only to be picked up by the Department of Justice, who then sent an entire FBI squad to pick him up.
But as of this week, Houck, who was charged with violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and impeding someone's to "health care," has been acquitted by a jury of all charges.
His attorney, the Thomas More Society’s Peter Breen, called Houck’s arrest “abusive” and called on Congress to ask Houck to testify about his experience being yanked out of his home by two dozen FBI agents for the supposed crime of defending his own son from a violent abortion supporter.
The Catholic News Agency notes that prosecutors declined to comment following the verdict.
Gosh, I wonder why.
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